United Airlines seeks 4 gateways to Cuba

United Airlines has submitted its formal application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to provide service from four of its largest US gateway cities (Newark/New York, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago) to Havana´s José Martí International Airport, the airline said.

United´s proposal to DOT outlines its planned service to Havana from hubs serving four of the country´s largest Cuban-American populations. The service would include a total of 11 roundtrip flights per week with daily service from Newark Liberty and one additional Saturday flight (eight weekly flights), along with a Saturday-only flight from Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Washington Dulles and Chicago O´Hare (three weekly flights).

If United´s application is approved, service to Havana on these routes will be operated with United Wi-Fi-equipped Boeing 737-800 two-cabin aircraft featuring 16 United First, 90 United Economy and 48 extra legroom United Economy Plus seats.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers.